COVID-19 recovered cases are 1.75 times that of active cases: Centre
The Union health ministry on Thursday pointed out that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has jumped to 62.09 per cent and the recovered cases of the infection are now 1.75 times that of the active cases.
The Union health ministry on Thursday (July 9) pointed out that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has jumped to 62.09 per cent and the recovered cases of the infection are now 1.75 times that of the active cases.
As per Thursday’s morning update on the ministry’s website, India currently has 2,69,789 active cases and 4,76,377 cured or recovered cases. The total count, however, is nearing 7.7 lakh, while the pandemic has so far claimed over 21,000 lives.
The latest remarks from came at a press briefing, addressed by Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty in the Union Health ministry, on Thursday. He said that the cases and deaths per million population in India are amongst the lowest in the world.
On an average, India is testing more than 2.6 lakh samples per day for COVID-19, an ICMR official said at the briefing, asserting that testing has been ramped up in a big way. COVID-19 recovered cases are 1.75 times that of active cases, Bhushan said.
People over 60 years account for 53 per cent of India’s COVID-19 deaths, added Bhushan.
Meanwhile, amid a spurt in infections, the government reiterated that the country has not yet reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19 and asserted that there have been localised outbreaks in some geographical areas.
The Centre’s assertion came on a day India registered a record single-day surge of 24,879 COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 7,67,296 while the toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, the updated data at 8 am showed.
Asked if India has entered the community transmission phase, Bhushan said, “Even today, the health minister clearly said after the GoM that the country has not reached the stage of community transmission. In some geographical areas, there have been localised outbreaks.”
“We should not forget that in our country, 49 districts alone account for 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases. In a country of more than 733 districts, if 49 districts account for 80 per cent cases, then it is not justified to talk about community transmission,” he said.
Wherever there are active cases, if the prescribed protocol is followed, in three days close contacts of active cases can be traced and tracked, he said. “So in such a situation, in which you can trace and track close contacts of active cases, talking about community transmission is not justified,” Bhushan asserted.
Asked about a WHO spokesperson saying that there are indications that the virus may be airborne, Bhushan said, “We are keeping abreast with the information coming out of WHO headquarters on this particular aspect, but you would all appreciate and realise that even during the initial stages of the outbreak, we and the PM had repeatedly emphasised ‘do-gaz doori‘ (two-metre distance).
“So this concept protects you from small droplets that may remain suspended in air for longer period of time.” It is an evolving and dynamic situation, he added.
(With inputs from agencies)